Japanese Sterling Silver Dragon Centre Bowl Signed & 1901 Marks 31 Oz
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Japanese Sterling Silver Dragon Centre Bowl Signed & 1901 Marks 31 Oz:
IMPORTANT JAPANESE STERLING SILVER DRAGON IN FLAMES CENTRE BOWL; ROLLING CLOUD RIM; ALL OVER HAND HAMMERED BACKGROUND; SIGNED IN CHARACTERS & 1901 BRITISH IMPORT MARKS; 31 OUNCES; EXCELLENT CONDITION
We are quite pleased to offer this one of a kind Meiji sterling silver dragon in fire centre bowl.
The largest most brilliantly crafted Japanese dragon wares we have ever owned.
Part of our personal collection of 200 pieces of Meiji silver. Many acquired in the 1970s and 1980s.
Signed in Japanese characters. It also bears 1901 British sterling import marks, for the firm of Singleton, Benda & Co. Listed as "foreign agents" only 3 years 1901 to 1904.
EXCEPTIONALLY rare to find Meiji silver bearing British marks as well.
Meiji period Japanese silver was the finest the world has ever known. Much was crafted by former Samurai. Imperial decree had outlawed their warrior culture. Forcing the Samurai to channel centuries old sword making skills into breathtaking presentation and household silver.
The Meiji silver artisans were so highly regarded that Tiffany, Gorham and the leading British firms sent their staff to Japan to "learn" (steal) the secrets of the Samurai.
This stunning Meiji dragon bowl in gently compressed circular design. Unique scrolling cloud detail along the upper rim.
Adorned with some of the most brilliantly carved dragon in fire work we have ever observed.
The fierce three clawed dragon carved in exceptional relief. In some areas it rises over a half inch from the surface.
Massive head thick furry snout and brow, saucer shape eyes ablaze.
The body conprised of hundreds, if not thousands of individual diamond cut scales.
Set against rich hand hammered surface. The thousands of soft hammer punch marks shimmer in the natural light.
Signed in characters under base. The rim with well struck British import marks.
Meiji dragon in flames centre bowl is 8 1/2 inches dimater. Unusually thick heavy guage construction weighs 31 standard ounces.
In excellent condition. Rich, lustreous sterling patina throughout. Stands even on table. The brilliantly carved dragon in fire decoration retains its original crisp, vibrant hand chased detail. Few specks of solder, and very mild wear interior centre.
For the discerning collector of the finest hand wrought Meiji silver. A one of a kind Japanese dragon in flames on hand hammered surface centre bowl. Bearing British import marks for 1901.
ORIGINALLY OFFERED IN OUR STORE FOR $6500. USD.
Please feel free to inquire directly about this, or any item isted. We very much welcome your interest. We are collectors first. As such, we are quite easy to work with.
We combine items when shipping, saving you costs. Ship twice weekly using USPS Express & US Priority, never Ground. Fully insured for all packages. Given our modest charges, we almost always lose money on shipping.
We make great effort to accurately describe our silver. Returns are accepted, if either condition, country of origin or dating is significantly incorrect. In such cases we refund your shipping as well.
Remember, the items are antiques with an expected amount of wear from normal use. Returning an item because we failed to mention the tiniest few scuffs, pinhead bumps or bend to rim is not acceptable. Nor do we accept returns based on buyer's remorse.
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From our personal collection, a fine mid 19th century coin silver basket by Edward & John Moore is illustrated in the cover article in May/June 2008 Silver Magazine.
Enjoy....and good fortune in your offerding.